“When Potential Meets Opportunity…We Offer a Helping Hand”

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) should have the opportunity to work in their community.

The Scale of the problem.

Family caregivers have reported that 20% of all individuals with I/DD have no source of paid income. They report low levels of employment (85% of all individuals with I/DD do not have a job), decreases in employment services and unmet needs in the areas of job support. For individuals who have jobs, family caregivers report that the individuals like what they do (82%), they are satisfied with their work hours (78%), they are satisfied with their wages (69%), and earn at least minimum wages (57%). In addition, employers often value individuals with I/DD for their job performance.

Adults with disabilities must be prepared for further education, employment and independent living.

Work gives individuals a sense of purpose and self-worth. For many, it defines who we are and is a source of justifiable pride. Work helps improve individual and family finances, and it helps us connect socially. All individuals, regardless of disability, deserve the opportunity to be full members of their community where they can live, learn, work and play through all stages of life.